Hi Kristina! I scraplifted your Halloween projects for the birthday challenge hosted by Jamie. I love your style, and still drool over that Zodiac book you made for Designing With Words. Happy Birthday!
So much cute stuff. I do like the cute "scary" little Halloween characters. Like your home decor projects. Thanks.
I am totally loving this. i may actually start to like scrapbooking halloween! I have such a hard time now!
You are KILLING me with the cuteness hear, K! :)
What fun projects!!!! :)
Video - Kristina's Picks 8.20.10 Blackbird Collection
Galleries: Home Decor
Halloween is one of the themes that have been huge in popularity over the last couple of years in our industry. Every one does a Halloween collection, if not more than one. Like Christmas products, its a boom of Halloween products at this time of year. We had Halloween products in the store, before we even received any of our Back to School!! People are excited about Halloween!
I picked this Blackbird collection [twopeasinabucket.com] this week. I think the kids are cool, with their big eyes and how it makes their facial expressions stand out to me. I like the drawings and the colors. Its orange, and black and green, but not bright, and also not vintage. It is somewhere in between. There are some cute papers, with the trick or treater kids, or your typical cast of Halloween people. There are also some great standard nice patterns in the papers, like an argyle, some polka dots, some stripes, some basic black, orange and green solids. And because it has all of those elements, this collection is a great candidate for creating other projects with it, not just layouts.
Halloween was always big in my house for home decor when I was growing up. I like to try to keep that tradition up for my children. I always thought it was cool and special that my mom hung a huge pom pom spider in our door on Halloween night, that would bounce on an elastic string and scare all the kids. It was that and the paper cut out pumpkins that were hung on the wall, and the little bowl of candy corn that I remember.
So with this collection this week, I wanted to create some home decor items. These are not your serious Halloween items, not the Vampire serious type halloween. But more whimsical and home-made. I took a couple of sheets of the Basic Grey Basics papers [twopeasinabucket.com] and used them as the background of these 2 framed pieces. The banner Trick or Treat picture was created with all the papers from the Blackbird collection, cut into triangles, with some chipboard elements thrown in and then I ran it through my sewing machine. Just a few extra elements, like the cat and I put it in the frame. Simple and fast. But something that definitely says Halloween. I loved the little Witch for some reason, and the little talk bubble on the die cut sheet that says Super Scary. And so I created the small framed scene with those 2 pieces and a few other chipboard elements thrown in. Perfect for hanging on the wall, or setting on the counter in the kitchen.
I also grabbed one of the Test Tube Favor kits [twopeasinabucket.com] from Martha Stewart. I thought these would be great to just decorate with a strip of paper wrapped around. I punched a hole in a die cut, and a chipboard Vampire and hung them around the test tubes. You can fill them up with slimy green colored jelly beans or candy corns and put them in a bowl on the counter.
And then, lastly, I strung the pages of one of the canvas Maya Road banner albums [twopeasinabucket.com] on some Halloween themed ribbon, and set out to decorate it with some of the other chipboard elements. I tested one of the pages with some Mists and paints and that was cool too, to give it some fun texture and color. Otherwise, it looks really nice in its raw muslin state as well.
There are so many other fun Halloween collections in the store, that you could use any of these ideas to create some fun themed home decor items.